Southwest plans to fly to ORD and IAH Airport next year.
At the annual Boyd Group conference in Cincinnati today, Southwest Airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Watterson announced the airline plans to fly to both Chicago O’Hare and Houston Intercontinental Airports some time in the first half of 2021.
This is a pretty groundbreaking move considering Southwest has never operated scheduled flights to Chicago O’Hare as it always preferred Chicago Midway.
Southwest also has a base in the smaller Houston Hobby Airport but previously flew to Houston Intercontinental up until 2005. Obviously Southwest isn’t completely shifting operations to ORD and IAH - these two cities will complement their MDW and HOU bases.
Southwest has been aggressively expanding into new markets lately with the recently additions of Miami, Palm Springs, Montrose, and Steamboat Springs.
What are your thoughts on Southwest’s push towards these larger airports? Which routes do you think they’ll launch from ORD and IAH?
Routes and schedules will be announced in the coming weeks.